A really sad trend I’m seeing lately in all modes during my past few weeks of playing… for whatever reason the matchmaking is pairing pre-made groups of 5 players, command level 100, versus a mix of 3 or 4 lower leveled players (5-25) and perhaps 1 or 2 high leveled ones. Not ALL the time, but sure is happeneing often lately!
Yes, I know Command Level is not indicitive of skill, but I don’t think anyone doubts experience sure does help, especially when those level 100’s have put in hundreds of hours of gameplay versus a new player who’s only played around 20. Even at level 93, I’ve put in around 130 hours, and I know I have plenty to learn still!
This is causing the lower level new players to quit early or simply not have a good time and enjoy the match; hopefully it does not also discourage them from this game as we need them!
I’m aware of the low player count, and I am seeing a lot of high leveled characters left around. But it’s just hard to get new players to stick with the match to learn when they’re getting wasted… yes, story mode can help level up, but the real experience comes from pvp. I only wish we had more mixed teams of experienced players and new ones, so things can balance more.
I really love the game, but this has been a problem for me the past week or so. Any thoughts on this? Is this just the nature of the player base now?
EDIT (Post from another thread I found relevant to put here):
While the matchmaking is a bit quicker, I’ve experienced far too many unbalanced matches that actually hurt the new(ish) players’ experience. I absolutely understand that’s a fine line to tread: making your dedicated 200+ hour players happy (and playing), and gathering new players to learn, enjoy, and stick with the game. However, I’ve been on the mic, trying to help a team of four level ~20 players against a pre-made level 100 team (all with 300+ hours). It’s hard. They are demoralized from the start (even though it’s been stated Command Rank isn’t skill – which is just not true).
I’m not exactly complaining re: quicker matches, but I am very concerned with the new players getting turned away by very uneven experiences; it’s just not fun getting wasted. I’m level 97, ~140 hours (36 the past two weeks) just FYI.